CERES, CA - A Ceres police officer once recognized for saving another officer is facing a criminal charge.
Officer Chris Melton has been charged with assault by an officer under color of authority, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from the Ceres Police Department.
The charge stems from a report of alleged excessive force used by Melton during an April 13 incident when the officer took a suspect into custody. The department said another police officer reported Melton's alleged actions.
The report was forwarded to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department which investigated and filed the criminal complaint against Melton.
Melton has been on paid administrative leave.
Melton was reinstated with the department in 2006 after he failed his probationary period in 2005 when he had difficulty adjusting to witnessing the killing of another police officer, according to a 2007 Modesto Bee report. The department had recognized Melton as a hero for pulling a second wounded officer to safety during the shooting.